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Rhonda Shiels

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  • Rhonda Shiels
  • Senior Nursing Assistant, Adult In-patient Ward, Craigavon Area Hospital, Southern HSC Trust

What attracted you to become a Senior Nursing Assistant?

A career as a nursing assistant attracted me as I have always had a lot of interest in helping people and I am very much a people person. I am a good communicator and a great listener. It was a career that I always wanted to get involved in and I take great pride in my work and the help that I give in the role.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I really enjoy the role and look forward to coming to work. I enjoy working with my colleagues in a team. It can be a difficult role and hard work. At the end of my shifts I may feel tired but I go home and feel good knowing that the patients are content with the care I provide them.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in your role.

There are too many to mention. I see my work colleagues like an extended family, and we all work together really well. Also seeing the patients smiling and content with care I provide to them gives me great job satisfaction. The patients always appreciate the care I give them and some say I brighten up their day.

How do you see your career developing as a nursing assistant?

Since taking up post as a Nursing assistant in the Southern Trust (CAH) I have been encouraged and supported to develop myself in my role. I have completed my QCF Level 3, Bloods, Vital Signs and Electrocardiogram (ECG) recording. This has enabled me to progress to a senior healthcare assistant role, where I can provide a wider range of care to patients and clients.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career as a nursing assistant?

A career as a nursing assistant is a good career to do so if anyone is considering it – go for it! I love my job, and working as a vital part of a larger nursing team makes it more enjoyable. There are many opportunities to develop in the role, and there is great job satisfaction.


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